The problem in policy: representations of Asia literacy in Australian education for the Asian Century

Salter, Peta (2013) The problem in policy: representations of Asia literacy in Australian education for the Asian Century. Asian Studies Review, 37 (1). pp. 3-23.

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Abstract

This paper examines the strategic arguments articulated in calls for the teaching and learning of Asia in schools. "Asia literacy" is currently framed as a necessary "solution" for Australian education, but acceptance of this "solution" into the mainstream educational policy agenda has been problematised as a neoliberal and neocolonial construct. Subsequent policy debate indicates the dominance of an economic rationale that is seemingly impossible to resist. This paper suggests that critical policy approaches can be used to identify alternatives to these dominant frameworks, which imagine Asia literacy in alternate ways. Re-imagining the "solution" offers three alternatives: working within an economic agenda; restructuring Asia literacy away from a distinct policy agenda; and treating policy gaps as spaces in which teachers can generate locally relevant possibilities.

Item ID: 23686
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Asia literacy; education policy; Australia-Asia; Orientalism; economic agendas
ISSN: 1467-8403
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2013 05:48
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 60%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development @ 70%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 30%
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